Members of the Centre

Professor Aura Bota

Aura Bota

Aura Bota

Professor Aura Bota is a member of the Theoretical Chair in UNEFS Bucharest. With a license and PhD in Sport science, she has developed over the years, a comprehensive discussion about the human movement field of study. Her main scientific and editorial contributions are expressed in books on Kinesiology, a series on Adapted physical activities, and Leisure-time activities. Also, she has been involved as a coordinator or member in 4 international grants and 8 national research grants, being an author of more than 70 scientific papers in national and international conferences. She has been a volunteer for Special Olympics since 2004.
In 2000, she received together with Professor Adrian Dragnea the “Leon Teodorescu” Prize for scientific book, awarded by the Romanian Olympic Committee – the Romanian Olympic Academy, for the book “Theory of motor activities”.

Patrick Devlieger

Patrick is a professor of social and cultural anthropologist with interests in disability at University of Leuven(Belgium). His interests are in the historical and cultural meanings and practices with regard to people with disabilities. He conducted an actor network research project on Special Olympics in Namibia, Paraguay, Uzbekistan, and Thailand. Current research focuses on urban and material meanings and practices of disability, based on ethnographic research in China and DR Congo.

Recent Publications

Recent publications: Devlieger, P. (2011). Can Disability be Fluid? Ethnography, Sports and the Making of ‘Part of the Game’. Ethnographica Journal on Disability and Culture 1:104-110

Dr. Maria Dinold


Dr Dinold is an Assistant Professor at University of Vienna, Centre for Sports Sciences and University Sports, Department of Sports Pedagogy. Her research interests (combining theory and practice) include: Adapted Physical Activity: theoretical concepts and practical application in recreation and in education; Social-psychological dimensions of disability and sport, recreation and physical education; Inclusion and Promotion of Personal Development through dance and creative movement; Inclusion of people with disabilities through physical activities, Inclusive Pedagogy; Attitudes and Terminology in context of disability, integration and inclusion; Dance Pedagogy/Inclusive Dance Pedagogy and Ageing and Disability.

Recent Publications

  • Dinold, M. (2010). Sports Pedagogy for all levels of ability: Translating policy and practice from commerce to pedagogy. Abstract submitted for invited ICSSPE Symposium at ECSS 2010 in Antalya, June 23- 26 2010. – Full paper submitted to Eur Jnl Sp Sci (Suppl Nov 2010)
  • Dinold, M. & Salzgeber, A. (2010). Project “Move Together” – an inclusive-sports-day in the frame of national Special Olympics Games in Austria, Abstract for poster. Submitted to AIESEP 2010 World Congress in La Coruña, October 26-29 2010.
  • Dinold, M. (2010). The Importance of Being Creative – Physical Education Teacher’s Preparation for Inclusive Physical Education. In W. Ho & H. Ren (Eds.). Global Perception: Sport Education, Teaching of Physical Education and Curriculum Studies. ICSEPES 2010 Volume 2 (pp.47-56). Macau: Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK).
  • Dinold, M. (2010). Ansätze und Projekte zu Special Olympics und Bewegungsangebote für Menschen mit mentaler Behinderung in Österreich. In M. Wegner und H.-J. Schulke (Hrsg.). Behinderung, Bewegung, Befreiung – Band 3. Ressourcen und Kompetenzen von Menschen mit geistiger Behinderung (S.90-100). Kiel: Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel.
  • Dinold, M. & Lebersorg, J. (2010). Media Coverage of 2008 Peking Paralympics in Austria and Germany – A Comparative Study. In Book of Abstract of the European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity – EUCAPA 2010 (p.41). Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä.
  • Dinold, M. & Wohanka, A. (2010). Beweggründe zur Teilnahme an Unified Sports® am Beispiel des Volleyballteams „Pinguine“. In M. Wegner und H.-J. Schulke (Hrsg.). Behinderung, Bewegung, Befreiung – Band 2. Rechtlicher Anspruch und individuelle Möglichkeiten im Sport von Menschen mit geistiger Behinderung (S.67-82). Kiel: Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel.

Professor Fadilj Eminovic


Professor Eminovic is employed within the Faculty of Special Education and rehabilitation at Belgrade University. He Doctoral thesis was entitled ”Motor abilities of children with cerebral palsy as a determinant of the adoption of curricular contents of skills”. He is an editorial board member of several international scientific journals (including Sport Science and the Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation. He has published over 120 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

Professor David Hassan

David Hassan

David Hassan

Professor Hassan’s research expertise encompasses a number of related disciplines concerning the wider management of sport in society. He has published in many of the leading journals in the field of sport business and management, undertaken work on the socio-historical and political significance of global sport and, more latterly, demonstrated a burgeoning research profile in the field of sport and intellectual disabilities through collaborations with colleagues at Ulster and leading European institutions. He is the Head of the School of Sport at Ulster University in Northern Ireland and holds a Distinguished Research Fellowship from Ulster in recognition of his outstanding contribution to research, defined by its quality, breadth and impact.

Recent Publications

  • Hassan, David, Dowling, Sandra, Menke, Sabine and McConkey, R (2015) A Thematic Analysis Of High Performance Coaching Roles At The Special Olympics World Games. In: European College of Sport Sciences, Malmao, Sweden. Malmao University. 12 pp. [Conference contribution]
  • Hassan, D. and Mitra, S. (2014) The Olympic Games: Meeting New Global Challenges (Routledge, London). (Published 17 October 2014; ISBN: 978-0-415-74176-7). 132 pages.
  • Hassan, D., McConkey, R. and Dowling, S. (2014) Sport, Coaching and Intellectual Disability (Routledge, London). (Published 8 July 2014; ISBN-13: 978-0415735773). 280 pages.
  • Hassan, D. and Brown, S. (2014) Sport and Communities (Routledge: London). (Published 26 June 2014; ISBN-13: 978-0415571654). 156 pages.
  • O’Boyle, Ian and Hassan, David (2014) Performance management and measurement in national-level nonprofit sport organisations. European Sport Management Quarterly, 14.
  • McConkey, Roy, Dowling, Sandra, Hassan, David and Menke, Sabine (2013)Promoting social inclusion through Unified Sports for youth with intellectual disabilities: a five-nation study. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 57 (10). pp. 923-935.
  • Hassan, David (2013) Sport and communities: an introduction. Sport in Society, 17
  • Dowling, Sandra, Menke, Sabine, McConkey, Roy and Hassan, David (2013) Sport and Disability: The Special Olympics Youth Unified Sports® Programme . In: Managing Sport Social and Cultural Perspectives. Routledge, London, pp. 108-127. ISBN 978-0-415-57216
  • Dowling, Sandra, Hassan, David and McConkey, Roy (2012) The 2011 Summer World Games Experience for Special Olympics Athletes and Coaches: A Longitudinal Study in Four Countries. Special Olympics International. SOI. 102 pp.
  • Wilski, M, Nadolska, A, Dowling, S, McConkey, Roy and Hassan, David (2012)Personal development of participants in Special Olympics unified sports teams.. Human Movement, 13 (3). pp. 271-279.


Paul Kitchin


I am currently a Lecturer in Sport Management at the School of Sport and a member of the Sports and Exercise Science Research Institute at Ulster University, NI. My research is focused at the intersection of sport management and organizational theory and I have experience in designing and successfully raising funds to support this endeavour and translate its findings into the community. I serve on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship and the International Journal of Sports Management and Marketing and am an active reviewer in other sport focused journals. I am a graduate of University of Tasmania and Deakin University in Australia and have a doctorate from Loughborough University, investigating institutional and organizational change in disability sport.

Recent Publications

  • Kitchin, P.J. and Howe, P.D. (2014). The mainstreaming of disability cricket in England and Wales: Integration ‘One Game’ at a time. Sport Management Review, 17, 1, 65-77
  • Paramio-Salcines, J.L., Kitchin, P.J. (2013). Institutional perspectives on the implementation of disability legislation and services for Spectators with Disabilities in European professional football. Sport Management Review 16(3), 337-348.
  • Kitchin, P.J. and Howe, P.D. (2013). How can the social theory of Pierre Bourdieu assist sport management research? Sport Management Review, 16(2), 123-134.
  • Kitchin, P. J. (2012). Evaluation research in sport for peace initiatives: A personal reflection and proposed methodology. Shared Space, 12, 67-82.


Ray Lynch

Ray Lynch

Ray Lynch

Ray Lynch is Course Director on a BA Degree in Applied Management with the Open Training College since 2008.  He also lectures on the BA (Ord & Hons) in Applied Social Studies (Disability Studies, Ethics and Social Policy) and is a sessional lecturer with All Hallows (a College of Dublin City University) on their Honours BA (Hons) in Professional and Personal Practice.  Ray holds a BSc and MA in Management and is currently in year 3 of a PhD in Health & Life Sciences with Ulster University.  From 1988 to 2000 he has worked in various direct support roles with people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.  Ray has a keen interest in the promotion and development of more supportive and inclusive communities for marginalised groups and as part of his current research he is exploring how the Special Olympics impact on public attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities.

Recent Publications

  • Hassan, D. & Lynch, R. (2014) Reflections on Coaching Athletes with disabilities in Sport, Coaching and Intellectual Disability Routledge: Oxon, pp 69 – 84
  • Lynch, R. (2012) The Role of the Social Care Practitioner in Exploring Disability: A Sociological and Historical Perspective The Open Training College: Dublin
  • Lynch, R. (2012) Assessing and Planning for Professional Development in Professional Practice & Ethics The Open Training College: Dublin


Professor Roy McConkey

Roy McConkey

Roy McConkey

Roy is co- Director of the Regional Collaborating Centre and Emeritus Professor of Developmental Disabilities at Ulster University in Northern Ireland.  He is a psychologist by training and a native of Belfast and has previously held posts at the University of Manchester, England as well as in Dublin and in Scotland. He has worked in the field of intellectual disability for over 40 years and has authored, co-authored and edited over 15 books, and published over 150 book chapters and research papers in international peer-reviewed journals. He has acted as a consultant to various United Nations agencies and International NGOs. This work has taken him to some 20 countries in Africa, Asia and South America and mostly recently he has acted as consultant to UNICEF Macedonia. Since 2010, he has completed a number of research and evaluation projects for Special Olympics internationally and is currently co-directing a qualitative evaluation of their Healthy Communities Program in three US states and four countries globally.

Recent Publications

  • Mariga, L., McConkey, R. and Myezwa, H. (2014) Inclusive Education in Low-Income Countries: A resource book for teacher educators, parent trainers and community development workers. Cape Town: Atlas Alliance and Disability Innovations Africa. Available for free download at: http://www.eenet.org.uk/resources/docs/Inclusive_Education_in_Low_Income_Countries.pdf.
  • McConkey, R. (2014) Changing Perspectives on Intellectual Disability through Sport. In D. Hassan, S. Dowling, & R. McConkey. (eds) Sport, Coaching and Intellectual Disability. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • McConkey, R. & Collins, S. (2010) Promoting social inclusion through building bridges and bonds. In M. Nind and J. Seale. Understanding and promoting access for people with learning difficulties: Seeing the opportunities and challenges of risk. Abingdon: Routledge.


Sabine Menke

Sabine Menke

Sabine Menke

Sabine, Germany, has been the Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia Director of Youth, Unified Sports® and Research since March 2003. Sabine Menke owns a Master in Sport Sciences from the German Sport University Cologne. In 2005 she completed the Executive Master in Sport Organization Management (MEMOS) at the University of Lyon 1/France with support of the International Olympic Committee. As a licensed football coach Ms Menke has a ten years history as Special Olympics Germany volunteer.

Recent Publications

  • Sabine Menke and Martha Jo Braycich: Special Olympics Unified Sports® Football, Empowering girls and women on and off the pitch. Chapter 11 in: Hassan,D. Dowling,S. & McConkey, R. (2014) Sport Coaching and Intellectual Disability. London; Routledge.

Anna Nadolska


Anna Nadolska, M.A. in physiotherapy, assistant in Department of the Physical Culture of Disabled People, Institute of Rehabilitation in University of Physical Education in Poznan. Scientific interests are concentrated on the perception of ecosystem recourses of the people with intellectual disability, among them mainly sport activity conditions. Before – a couch of Speedskating and Roller skating in the Regional Department SO Wielkopolskie- Poznań, nowadays – national clinic coordinator Fit Feet Project in SO Poland. She is a member of the international research team working on the evaluation of the functioning of the Unified Sports Special Olympics.

Pauli Rintala

Pauli is a professor in Adapted Physical Activity at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland since 1996. He has completed his Doctorate at Oregon State University, in the U.S. in 1990, has served as an IFAPA Board member 1991-2003, and a visiting professor in the European Master’s Degree Program in Adapted Physical Activity in Belgium since 1994. Dr. Rintala has presented in more than 50 international conferences, published over 50 international publications, and co-authored five textbooks in the field of Adapted Physical Activity. Rintala has also been as an opponent in several Doctoral defenses within Adapted Physical Activity.

Research

Professor Rintala’s main research interests are physical fitness, physical activity and motor skills related to individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID). He has been involved in 30-year follow-up study on physical performance of individuals with ID (1973-2003). Another interest has been physical fitness of athletes with ID. More recently his interest has been on motor skill development of children with ID.

Recent Publications

Rintala, P. & Loovis, E.M. Measuring motor skills in Finnish children with intellectual disabilities. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 2013, 116(1), 294-303.

Rintala, P., Välimaa, R., Tynjälä, J., Boyce, W., King, M., Villberg, J. & Kannas, L. Physical activity of children with and without long-term illness or disability. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 2011, 8, 1066-1073.

Lahtinen, U., Rintala, P., & Malin, A. Physical performance of individuals with intellectual disability: A 30-year follow-up. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 2007, 24, 125-143.

Van de Vliet, P., Rintala, P., Fröjd, K., Verellen, J., Van Houtte, S., Daly, D., & Vanlandewijck, Y. Physical fitness profile of elite athletes with intellectual disability. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 2006, 16, 417-425.

 

Kosma, M., Wood, T.M., Rintala, P., & Acock, A.C. A comparison of the effects of health-related fitness and motor ability on adaptive behavior among adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Human Movement Studies, 2004, 47, 303-326.

 

Dilana Schaafsma

Dilana Schaafsma (PhD) is a researcher/ assistant professor at the faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience at Maastricht University and the Gouverneur Kremers Centrum. In 2009, she started her PhD project that focuses on sex education for people with intellectual disabilities. She has conducted studies, both qualitative as quantitative, to extend the knowledge base on this topic, using Intervention Mapping as a guideline. In October 2013 she received her PhD. Her current goal is to develop sex education materials for people with intellectual disabilities. She is also active as Clinical Director Health Promotion for the Dutch Healthy Athletes program.

Emmanouil Skordilis

Emmanouil Skordilis is an assistant professor of Adapted Physical Activity within the School of Physical Education and Sports Science, in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He teaches courses such as ‘Assessment in Adapted Physical Activity’, ‘Physical Activity for Individuals with Physical Disabilities’, both in undergraduate and graduate level.

He has received his Doctorate and Master’s Degrees in Springfield College, Massachusetts, USA, and his undergraduate degree in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

His research of 41 publications in the field, may be found in the following link:
http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Emmanouil_Skordilis


Dr Laurence Taggart

Laurence Taggart

Laurence Taggart

Dr Laurence Taggart first qualified as a Registered Nurse for People with Intellectual Disability in 1991 and while working in the community with children and adults with intellectual disabilities, he successfully completed a BSc in Applied Psychology in 1999 at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. He then went on to complete a PhD on the mental health needs of adults with intellectual disabilities and subsequently took up a Lecturer’s post within the School of Nursing at the University of Ulster in 2003. As well as teaching into the pre and post-graduate nursing programmes Laurence oversees three specialist intellectual disability modules on challenging behaviour, mental health and health promotion and is currently supervising seven health related PhD doctoral students in intellectual disabilities. In 2013 Laurence was promoted to the position of Reader in the Institute of Nursing & Health Research, University of Ulster where he leads the Centre of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities.
Laurence works with two charities across Northern Ireland for people with intellectual disabilities and the current President of the Royal Society of Medicine Intellectual Disability Forum and Chair of the Health SIRG of IASSIDD. He is also a member for the Centre for Special Olympics in Europe/Eurasia.
Laurence’s main research interests focus on the health of people with intellectual disabilities (i.e. health inequalities, health promotion, access to services, substance abuse, cancer, diabetes and diabetes education, mental health, ageing) and the needs of older family carers and how they plan for the future. He has received funding of almost £2 million from a range of competitive funders to complete research projects aimed at transferring research knowledge into practice. He has published and presented nationally and internationally and is most recently the co-editor of ‘Health Promotion for People with Intellectual & Developmental’ Disabilities’ (2014) an important, interdisciplinary book aimed at increasing professional awareness of the importance of health promotion activities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Recent Publications


Papers:

  • McKeon, M., Slevin, E. & Taggart, L. (2013): A pilot survey of physical activity in men with an intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 17 (2), 157 – 167.
  • Taggart, L., Truesdale-Kennedy, M. & Coates, V. (2013): Management and quality indicators of diabetes mellitus in people with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, Volume 57 (12), 1152–1163.
  • Taggart, L.. et al. (in press): Piloting a structured education programme for the self-management of Type 2 diabetes for adults with intellectual disabilities: study protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial. Trials.

Book:

  • Taggart, L. & Cousins, W. (Eds) (2014): Health Promotion for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Open University Press/McGraw-Hill Publishers: Maidenhead, England. ISBN: 9780335246946.

Chapter:

  • Taggart, L. & Stewart, D. (2014): Health Promotion in Schools (Chapter 15) in Taggart, L. & Cousins, W. (Eds) Health Promotion for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Open University Press/McGraw-Hill Publishers: Maidenhead, England.

Hana Valkova

Hana is Professor at Faculty of Sport Studies, Masaryk´s University in Brno, Czech Republic (formerly Palacký University, Olomouc). President of Czech Special Olympics ‘(responsible for education of students, volunteers, coaches and research), prior sports: track and field and cross-country skiing. Academic background: PE teaching, psychology, special education. Pedagogy orientation: sport psychology and adapted physical activity. Founder of APA in the Czech Republic with an influence in Central and Eastern Europe. Recent consortium member of Erasmus-Mundus APA. Research orientation: psychosocial aspects of individuals with mental disability, Special Olympics (volunteering, Healthy Athlete variables in relation with sports training).

Recent Publications

  • Válková, H. (2010). Leisure time of persons with mental disability living in residential social care homes. In Acta Universitatis Palackianae Olomucensis Gymnica, 40(3), 98. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého. ISSN 1212-1185
  • Válková, H., Nováčková, M., & Hansgut, V. (2010). Movement activities in the life-style of
    Special Olympians (persons with mental disability). In Hacifazlighu, O. and Halat, M. (Eds.) Procedia Social and Behavioral Science, 2010 (5), 1859-1862. Elsevier: Science Direct Grant. GACR No 06/98/1087 Socialization of persons with mental retardation.
  • Pluck, M., Valkova, H., Walkley, J., Pridalova, M., Mitas, J., & Gaba, V. (2010). Assessment of physical activity and self-perception in intellectually disabled children: an explorative study. In Piispanen, T., Rintala, P. (Eds.) Book of Abstracts of EUCAPA 2010: Adapted Physical Activity Over Life-Span. http://eucapa2010.org, 138. Jyväskylä: Finnish Society of Sport Science and University of Jyväskylä
  • Válková, H. (2010). PE and sport of children with disabilities. In Kovač. M., Jurak, G. and Starc,
    G. (Eds). 5th International Congress Youth Sport 2010 – Book of Abstracts, 48. Ljubljana: Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana. www.youthsport2010.si
  • Válková, H. , & Snídal, M. (2011). The assessment of Special Olympians from aspect of Fun-Fitness variables and athletic events. [CD Rom] 18th ISAPA: Theory meets practice in APA: translating theory and evidence into practice. [Abstract]. P. 132. Paris: University Paris West Nanteree la Defense.
  • Válková, H. (2011). Changes in perceived health related variables of Special Olympians after two
    years intervention program. In J. Labudová & B. Antala (Eds.) Healthy active life style and physical education. FIEP book of scientific and professional articles.Topolčianky: Slovak society for education and sport. P. 192-204.
  • Válková, H. (2012). Adapted Physical Activities as the Part of Education: Chance for Children

Debbie Van Biesen

Debbie Van Biesen

Debbie Van Biesen

Debbie Van Biesen, Msc is employed at the Research Centre for Adapted Physical Activity and Psychomotor Therapy within the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science at Catholic University Leuven. Her areas of expertise include coaching, where she is a physical trainer for wheelchair users and badminton for young people with intellectual disabilities. She also teaches Masters students in Adapted Physical Activity at KUL. Her doctoral thesis was entitled The role of intelligence in basketball and table-tennis specific performance of athletes with intellectual disabilities (Supervisor: Prof. Yves Vanlandewijck)

Recent Publications

  • Van Biesen, D., Verellen, J., Mactavish, J., Meyer, C., Van de Vliet, P., Vanlandewijck, Y. (2010). The ability of elite table tennis players with intellectual disabilities to adapt their service/return. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 27(3), 242-257.
  • Van de Vliet, P., Van Biesen, D., Vanlandewijck, Y. (2008). Athletic identity and self-esteem in Flemish athletes with a disability. European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity, 1(1).
  • Flore, P., Bricout, V.A., Van Biesen, D., Guinot, M., Laporte, F., Pépin, J.L., Eberhard, Y., Favre-Juvin, A., Wuyam, B., Van de Vliet, P., Faure, P. (2008). Oxidative stress and metabolism at rest and during exercise in persons with Down syndrome. European Journal of Cardiovascular prevention and Rehabilitation, 15 (1), 32-45

Manfred Wegner


Prof. Dr. Manfred Wegner, M.S., graduation at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany. Scholarship and graduation at the University of Utah, U.S.A. Doctorate degree in 1992 and habilitation in 1998 at Kiel University. Professor for sports psychology, sports sociology, and sports history at the University of Kassel from 2003 to 2008. Full professor for sports psychology and movement science at Kiel University since 2008. Main research topics are on applied sports psychology and psychological training, stress and coping, team development, rehabilitation and adapted physical activity. Former president of the German sports psychology organization (asp), member of several boards and committees, e.g. German Olympischer Sportbund (DOSB – development in sports) and Special Olympic
Germany (SOD-scientific advisory committee). My research activities are mainly focussed on the collection of empirical data. There are several studies conducted on cognitive tasks (e.g. concentration) in team sports (topic of my dissertation) as well as on team development (e.g. conflicts, cohesion). In the field of adapted physical activity I did research on coping strategies and physical activity of people with a disability (topic of my habilitation). Recently, my research interests are concerned with several psychological topics like emotion, motivation, learned helplessness or social-psychological factors in sports performance. I do research in school settings as well as with high elite athletes. One of my target group in adapted physical activity are people with an intellectual disability. There are several publications concerning intellectual disability, sports and inclusion published by our scientific advisory committee of SOD.

Maciej Wilski

Maciej Wilski

Maciej Wilski

Maciej is a psychologist and post-doctoral Research Associate in Chair of the Physical Culture of the Disabled in University School of Physical Education in Poznan. He has Ph.D. in physical culture sciences (Ph.D. dissertation: Personal and social predictors of self-care in persons with myocardial infarction) and experience in social sciences (M.A. in psychology; M.A. in physiotherapy). His research interests are in the factors that promote physical activity among people with disabilities. Other research and academic interests are in rehabilitation psychology, sport psychology and adapted physical activity. He has been active member of several research projects and an expert in the area of sport and recreation of persons with disabilities in national study of the situation, needs and opportunities of persons with disabilities in Poland (systemic research project funded by European Union) . He has experience in cooperation with associations, organizations and institutions working for the intellectually disabled.

Recent Publications

  • Tasiemski, T., Priebe, M.M., Wilski, M. (2013). Life satisfaction and life values in people with spinal cord injury living in three Asian countries: A multicultural study. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, 36 (2), 118-126.
  • Wilski, M., Nadolska, A. (2013). Athletic identity of Special Olympics athletes. In: M. Wilski, J. Gabryelski (eds.), Olympic ideas and directions for the development of sport for the disabled. Studies in adapted physical activity. Tom 2, Poznań: Wydawnictwo AWF, 145-157. (in polish)
  • Tasiemski, T., Urbański, P., Wilski, M. (2013). Athletic identity and sport performance in athletes with disabilities participating in the Paracanoeing World Championship. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 44 (5), 459-471.
  • Wilski, M., Nadolska, A. (2014). The role of family support in enhancing sport activities for children with intellectual disabilities. W: D. Hassan, S. Dowling, R. McConkey (red.), Sport, Coaching and Intellectual Disability. London, Routledge, 138-158.
  • Wilski, M., Sienkiewicz-Wilowska J.A. (2014). Social support as a regulator of self-care attitude in persons with myocardial infarction. Polish Psychological Bulletin, 45(4), 521-532.
  • Wilski, M., Tasiemski, T., Kocur, P. (2014). Demographic, socioeconomic and clinical correlates of self-management in multiple sclerosis. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1-4 (on-line)